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Gloria C. Winfield
Gloria C. Winfield

Deaconess Gloria C. Winfield, was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Princess Anne County, Va., to the late Belford and Annie Jones Armstrong. On Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, Deaconess Winfield entered into perfect peace and received her crown of eternal life.

She was raised in the New Light community of Virginia Beach and faithfully attended New Light Baptist Church with her family. She was educated in the Princess Anne County public school system. Besides keeping a very orderly household and doing domestic work, Gloria was a great daycare provider. She loved working with children. Her children and the children she cared for over the years will always remember the many life lessons she taught them. She made everyone feel warm and safe and always had a soft-spoken, encouraging word.

For over 30 years, Gloria was a faithful member of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va., where she was an usher and worked with the missionary programs. In 1990, she became a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Va. She was a faithful member and served as a deaconess for many years. She loved going to church, singing and listening to Gospel music before she had complications from Dementia/Alzheimer’s.

Deaconess Winfield was widowed twice; she was married for 33 years to Leroy B. Lamb Sr., who passed away in February 1988 and 15 years to the Rev. Clarence V. Winfield, who passed in August 2005. She was also preceded in death by a son, Stanley Sheppard; grandson, Wesley Jarmon III; sister, Leonia Russell; two brothers, Milton Armstrong and Roosevelt Armstrong; and several very close friends.

Most of all, Deaconess Winfield  loved her family and sought the best for them. She leaves to cherish her memory, five loving and devoted children, Anita Etheridge, Shelton Sheppard, Gloria Jarmon, Patricia Trujillo (George) and Leroy Lamb Jr. (Celeste); 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Esther Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Deaconess Winfield very much enjoyed being with family and friends and will be deeply missed. We know that she is now resting in God’s eternal peace where there is no more pain and no more suffering.

“God is in charge!”

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Beach Funeral & Cremation Services Inc. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Olive Branch Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.